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Puffer fish dreidel

December 20, 2009

I use to shorten links now and then, and when I logged in today I noticed one of the cute yet strange little puffer fish that are always in the upper right corner of the screen had Hebrew letters, a ש and a ה, on its sides.

It took me a while to figure out that the big fish thing was supposed to be a dreidel in the spirit of Hanukkah. This realization made me curious about why those particular letters are on dreidels, so I did some research. According to Wikipedia:

Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (Hei), ש (Shin), which together form the acronym for “נס גדול היה שם” (Nes Gadol Haya Sham – “a great miracle happened there”).

In case you were wondering, puffer fish are not kosher.

And most important, despite moderate effort I can’t find out why has associated itself with such a random yet adorable mascot.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Janie permalink
    December 20, 2009 11:36 pm

    hello girlie! love the title of this blog, ha.

    • December 21, 2009 12:49 am

      Janie! I’m glad you got it — not many people do 🙂

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